Archive for June, 2008

June 20, 08

June 20, 2008

The David Thompson Brigade arrived on a beautiful day at the Forks in Winnipeg, June 11, 2008. I was there on the Quai to greet them.

Carol at the Forks in Winnipeg as the David Thompson Brigade arrives

It was a pleasure to speak with these dedicated folk who have paddled from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, en route to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Still working on those pieces for the Manitoba Museum. I completed weaving the third sample of the Assomption variety. This one is sewn down the middle:

Assomption variation #3, two strips sewn together

Saturday morning I give a fingerweaving workshop at the Bibliothèque de St-Boniface, the St Boniface public library, then I head out to Convergence 2008.

Sunday, June 29, I will be in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, Historic Fort Snelling to be exact. I will be demonstrating and teaching fingerweaving. And it’s a booklaunch.

During the month of July I will be teaching basic fingerweaving to French teachers at the St Boniface College here in Winnipeg.

I’ve been having internet trouble. Ended up having to get a new modum, and the new one seems to have a mind of its own, cutting out at times. Luckily it was working last evening when I received a special e-mail. I initially thought was a hoax. So glad I responded, because I had a lovely chat later in the evening with Ray Mears of the BBC in person in downtown Winnipeg. He’s on a reconnaisance mission for a BBC series on Canada. A most interesting chap.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

June 10

June 10, 2008

Had a lovely time at Lower Ft Garry last weekend. Perfect weather, sunny, not too hot. Met lots of interesting folks coming to the book launch, and found it most entertaining to watch the items for the Antique Road Show file past.

No, I didn’t bring my camera. Forgot it at home. No photos of the event, but I did snap a pic this morning. I’ve just finished up weaving a whack of sashes, gave them a hot wash to pre-shrink them down to proper size. Those of you who’ve made special orders and are awaiting shipment may recognize one of those here hung up to dry:

Sashes out to dry

I’m also thinking that some of you may be wanting washing advice. Here it is:
Hand wash in warm water.
Your sash has already been exposed to a hot water wash
and should not shrink with further washings.
To be safe, however, use water no hotter than you’d like for a bath.
Detergent suggestions:
Use a product such as Zero or Woolite,
or a Shampoo followed by conditioner,
or a shampoo with conditioner

More detailed instructions:
Fill the washing machine with enough room-temperature water to cover the sash(es).
Add detergent (Zero or shampoo)
Agitate a bit to distribute the soap.
Add the sashes.
LEAVE THE LID OF THE MACHINE OPEN
DO NOT ALLOW THE MACHINE TO AGITATE
Leave the sashes to soak a while (20 min should suffice)
Turn the dial of the washing machine to ‘Spin’
(now closing the lid of the machine) to remove the water.
Turn the dial of the machine to allow rinse water to enter.
Turn the dial of the machine to remove water again.
Repeat  until all soap is removed.
Hang to dry.

The fringes may become a bit tangled by this washing process.
Generally this problem is easily resolved by extracting the fringes one by one from the tangle.

1001 Hits

June 4, 2008

The counter on my website now lists 1001 hits! Do you hear the fanfare?

Several of us, members of Manitoba Artists in Healthcare, met up today in the St B Atrium. We chatted about our various projects. Shirley took my photo weaving away, now midway on swatch number 7 of 8.

Carol and her sash samples

First June Update

June 2, 2008

Mid May I was in Rocky Mountain House for the Centre for Rupertsland Colloquium, giving a paper on distinguishing loomwoven from fingerwoven sashes. We toured the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. My ‘faux assomption’ sashes are featured in the display!Carol at Rocky Mountain House Center, in the display area

Thanks Virginia, for the great photos!

Last Wednesday I participated in the St. Boniface Museum – Manitoba Living History event, “A Visit with the People of Red River”, leading children in the “Fingerweaving Dance”. Photos were taken, and I am hoping to have a few to share with y’all soon.

June 8, I’ll be at Lower Ft Garry for a booklaunch party, coinciding with the Antiques Road Show.

June 11, I’ll be greeting the folks from the David Thompson Brigade, as they arrive in Winnipeg.

Also on the agenda is a trip to the Handweavers Guild of America’s 2008 Convergence in Florida. Hoping to learn all manner of new technique. Then on to a book launch at Ft Snelling.

July is getting scheduled already. Viking Days in Gimli, Manitoba, will see me naalbinding, tablet weaving, and spranging on Odin Green July 5&6.

July 11-13, I plan on attending the Rendezvous in Old Ft William, Thunder Bay.

In between, I’ll be weaving away, finishing those 8 swatches for the Manitoba Museum, Manitoba Artists in Healthcare, Mon-Wed-Fri in the Atrium of the St Boniface General Hospital, and Tues-Thurs working on private comissions.